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Loose Parts – Enhancing Play in Early Childhood Environments

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Facilitator(s): Krista Carter
Nicole Homick
Date:March 15, 2017
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
$150.00 (includes play kits for each participant)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ATA Barnett House)
11010 - 142 Street NW
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Course code: 17-EL-197

Target Audience

Classroom Teachers, Educational Assistants, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Counselors and Behaviour Consultants

About this learning opportunity

This one-day mini-conference comes from the growing interest of parents and caregivers to get back to the basics of play that support imagination, creativity, exploration and risk taking. Due to the completely open nature of including loose parts in environments for young children it supports adult’s role of conversation, socialization, imagination, physical development and many, many more.

We encourage to come come be part of the conversation around the following topics:

The Practice of Inspiring Imagination Partnered with the Art of Telling the Learning Story

You will learn from inspired preschooler communities that use loose parts as part of their learning strategies with young children. In addition, examples of how learning stories are used to share the new insights and skills that children develop during this type of play.

Using Loose Parts to Create Rich Play and Interactions

In research, the environment is many times referred to as the third teacher. You will be invited to share your insights and wisdom related to times that the environment has helped provide rich moments of learning in combination with an interaction between child and adult.

Building a Community of Practice – Connecting with other Professionals and Passionate Individuals

The afternoon will be self-selected conversation based on a variety of expressed interests from the group. Some of the session will include experiential playing with loose parts, gathering a collection of loose parts to be used as soon as you leave the session and other topics of interest based on community interest.

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.

About the facilitator(s)

In an ideal world, Krista Carter believes that every child has the right to the highest level of quality education and care and has spent the last 20 years on this mission. Originally from Ottawa, ON Krista brings with her a comprehensive understanding of the complex nature that is early learning and continues to push the bar towards excellence here in Alberta. Krista is most proud of her years as an educator having had the privilege of positively impacting so many lives. Going forwards Krista is focusing that passion and enthusiasm on developing the competencies of educators in hopes of seeing her vision become a reality.

Nicole Homick is an energetic, knowledgeable and passionate voice for children and professionals. Her training and early experiences comes from her work in the Ontario Early Learning and Care system. Nicole is the creator of the “tinker shack” and has strong skills in creating rich learning environment for young children. She has been on the front line of implementation of the Early Learning and Curriculum Framework and has very practical strategies to support front line understanding.

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